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Dehghani R, Hashemi A, Hosseini S, Mazaheri Tehrani A, Ghadami F, Charkhloo E. Role and significance of scorpions on Iranian ancient beliefs. J Jiroft Univ Med Sci. 2016; 2 (2) :23-30
URL: http://journal.jmu.ac.ir/article-1-82-en.html
1- Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Research Center and Department of Environment Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran.
2- Veterinarian medicine ,Head Office of Veterinary Khorasan Razavi province, Mashhad, Iran.
3- Rural Corporative Organization Of Khorasan Razavi province, Mashhad, Iran.
4- Professor, Social Determinants of Health (SDH) Research Center and Department of Environment Health, Kashan University of Medical Sciences, Kashan, Iran.
5- Department of Environment Health, Jiroft University of Medical Sciences, Jiroft, Iran. , echarkhloo@jmu.ac.ir
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Introduction: Scorpions are creatures under attention from the past due to their poisonous sting and various imaginations established true or false beliefs about these arthropods so this study has been carried out to clarify these theories, imaginations and Iranian religious views.

Methods: this review was prepared based on keywords like scorpion, cure of their bites, their role on beliefs and reciprocal action of human- scorpion. Through 70 titles, it has been analyzed 42 of them which were present in databases like SID, Ovid Medline, Pub Med, Web of Science and published books in this field.

Results: In history of medicine and human culture scorpions are in center of attention more than any creature due to having painful and occasionally fatal poisonous sting. Sometimes they were under attention because they were known as symbol of strength and protection so that we find them ordinary in monuments remained from ancient geography of Iran.

Conclusion: It is found that scorpions play an important role in beliefs, reality and traditions of Iran for their painful and sometimes fatal sting. As a result this role sometimes is based on reality and sometimes has combined with delusions and is not true.

Keywords: scorpion, Medical importance, Beliefs, ancient Iran

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Type of Study: Review | Subject: Medical Sciences/Medical Entomology
Received: 2015/04/25 | Accepted: 2015/07/13 | Published: 2016/09/21

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